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To welcome the following new members on the Forum:
· Tom Dick, Nottingham College, representing 16-19 education;
· Patricia Lewis, Oak Field School, representing maintained special schools.
RESOLVED to note the appointment of the following new members on the Forum:
· Tom Dick, Nottingham College
· Patricia Lewis, Oak Fields School
Apologies for Absence
Kerrie Henton, AP Academies
Janet Molyneux, Maintained Primary Governors
Patricia Lewis, Maintained Special Schools
Cath Rowell, Secondary Academies
David Tungate, Secondary Academies
Councillor Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Early Years, Education & Skills
Declarations of Interest
Draft minutes of the meeting held on 8 October 2019, for confirmation
The Forum confirmed the minutes of the meeting held on 8 October 2019 as a correct record and they were signed by the Chair.
Report of the Corporate Director for People and the Director of Education
Janine Walker, Head of SEND and Vulnerable Pupils, introduced the report and highlighted the following:
a significantly reduced de-delegation offer is proposed, along with
a simplified and revised traded offer for academies. The cost to
maintained primaries will be nearly halved and the guaranteed offer
of support will be doubled;
the proposals result in an overall reduction of income from
maintained primaries so the Behaviour Support Team (BST) will need
to increase the level of buy back from academies in order to be
continuation of the service ensures the continued availability of
support to schools, R2i being embedded across all settings, and the
continuation of the Intensive Support Team;
(d) it is proposed that funding from the DSG reserve is used to substitute for the funding and income reduction from maintained primary schools for a one year period.
The following points were raised during the discussion which followed:
the BST have the capacity to offer a minimum of 12 half day
sessions of support per school along with up an average of 12
additional sessions, even if every school and academy in the city
were to sign up;
retaining capacity and expertise in the city is essential for the
R2i model and longer term investment to bring down the high cost of
the amount that maintained schools and academies pay for the BST is
exactly the same at a cost of £5,000 per school;
use of the DSG reserve to fund the BST would not be a sustainable
long term solution as reserves are not indefinite;
(i) any reserve requirement for 2021/22 will be considered at a future date once this value is known.
for maintained mainstream primary school
representatives to approve the de-delegation of funding for
services provided by the BST in 2020/21 at a rate of £5,000
(2) for Schools Forum to agree to the use of £0.134m from the DSG reserve in 2020/21 to substitute for the funding and income reduction from maintained primaries.
Report of the Corporate Director for People
Kathryn Bouchlaghem, Early Years Service Manager, introduced the report requesting approval of the Early Years Central Expenditure Budget for 2020/21, highlighting the following:
the proposed figure for central expenditure is 2% higher than the
amount approved in 2019/20. As funding for 3 and 4 year olds has
been running under budget, it will be feasible to pass on the 8p
increase to schools and providers via the base rate;
children in Nottingham generally start school below age related
expectations. This year has been challenging, with poor personal,
social and emotional development as well as high mobility in
certain areas. Taking this into account, children make good
progress from their start points;
a variety of courses are offered to both the maintained and
private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector to support them to
meet their statutory duties. This year there is a drive on speech,
language and communication training.
approve Early Years Central Expenditure of
£0.974m for 2020/21, subject to this meeting the high
note that the LA anticipates indicative 2020/21 DSG
allocations for 2,3 and 4 year olds totalling £21.993m, which
is £0.365m higher than the indicative allocations for
(3) note that the funding received by the LA for 2,3 and 4 year olds is being increased by 8p per hour for 2020/21 and that the LA proposes to passport this in full to schools/providers through a 8p rise in the base rate.
Report of the Director of Education Services and the Corporate Director for People
Lucy Juby, Project Manager, introduced the report outlining the proposed requirements of the Pupil Growth Contingency Fund for 2020/21 and seeking approval to allocate funding for this purpose. Lucy highlighted the following:
pupil growth started to impact the secondary sector from 2017;
therefore an appropriate funding model has been implemented to
support this, with agreed criteria and methodology under which
funding can be allocated to both primary and secondary
ensuring that the supply of school
places meets demand is a statutory duty of local authorities, even
though they are no longer able to open new schools. Therefore,
collaborative and strategic coordination and cooperation between
all Nottingham City learning settings is required to meet the
secondary growth between now and 2022/23, when Year 7 demand is set
in the financial year 2019-20, the
DfE introduced a formulaic approach to
allocating growth funding to try and ensure that it is distributed
fairly and evenly.
approve the allocation of £1.394m to support
pupil growth in 2020/21;
(3) approve the allocation of any unallocated DSG funding in the Schools Block which cannot be passed onto schools due to the national funding formula guidelines in 2020/21 to the pupil growth contingency fund.
Proposed changes to the local funding formula for schools in 2020/21
Julia Holmes, Senior Commercial Business Partner, informed the Forum of key changes to the National Funding Formula (NFF) in 2020/21 and the impact that they will have on schools projected budgets, highlighting the following:
the minimum per pupil levels have been
set at £3,750 for primary schools and £5,000 for
secondary schools. The primary level will rise to £4,000 in
2021/22. There is also going to be an increase of 4% to the formula
core factors, except for the Free School Meals factor which will be
increased at inflation;
the funding floor will be set at 1.84%
to protect pupil-led per pupil funding in real terms. The majority
of Nottingham City schools are in receipt of transitional
protection so in effect the majority of schools will only see an
increase of 1.84% in their funding compared to 2019/20;
the LA is proposing a minimum funding
guarantee which will be set as close to +1.84% per pupil as
possible to try and pass onto schools as much funding as possible.
This is the maximum that could be applied. The gains cap has been
removed from the NFF, so the LA is proposing to remove this in the
local funding formula too, resulting in a funding increase of over
1.84% for 11 schools who are solely funded on the NFF;
(d) schools will be consulted on these proposals on 4 December 2019, with a closing date of 20 December. The consultation will include an executive summary of proposals for easy digestion. Schools Forum will be notified of the outcome on 21 January 2020.
RESOLVED to agree to provide feedback to the proposed changes to the local funding formula in 2020/21 as part of the full consultation with all schools.
2020/21 Dedicated Schools Grant funding update
Ceri Walters, Head of Commercial Finance, introduced the report which was circulated to the Forum as a supplement to the agenda entitled ‘Schools Funding Reduction – Historic Commitments’, regarding a 20% reduction in historic commitment allocations from the ESFA with protection in place to ensure no authority exceeded a reduction equivalent to more than 0.5% of its 2019/20 schools allocation.
Judith Kemplay, Chair of the Forum, explained the requirement to use one off funding for 2020/21 only, to support this reduction in the DSG and ensure that budget deadlines are achieved. Risks surrounding the DSG have been reduced given the recent increase in funding of both the Schools and High Needs blocks.
The establishment of a further Schools Forum Sub-Group (SSFG) is proposed in order to conduct a detailed review of the historic commitments spend for the future.
note the reduction in DSG funding of £1.060m for
2020/21 as set out in the report;
approve the funding option for 2020/21, in conjunction
with the ESFA guidance statement as set out in the
note the impact this will have on 2021/22 onwards and
the suggested approach for 2021/22 and the requirement to establish
a further SFSG to support this approach;
(4) approve members of the additional SFSG, as below:
The Work Programme was noted.
Future meeting dates
All on Tuesdays at 1.45pm at Loxley House:
21 January 2020
25 February 2020
28 April 2020
23 June 2020
The Forum noted the remaining meetings of the 2019/20 academic year on the following Tuesdays at Loxley House:
21 January 2020
25 February 2020
28 April 2020
23 June 2020